Entertaining Stamp ready to take centre stage again
published : 21 Sep 2022 at 04:00
newspaper section: Sports
ONE Championship superstar Stamp Fairtex is currently deep in preparation for her return to the circle at ONE Fight Night 2: Xiong v Lee III on Oct 1.
The Thai, who takes on Jihin Radzuan of Malaysia in an atomweight MMA bout on the evening's main card, will be looking to return to dominant form.
Stamp has entertained fans since her debut with the organisation in July 2018.
While she is more known for her electric dance moves on her way to the circle, the 24-year-old, however, has established a reputation for being ruthless inside of it as well.
She has won 11 of her 15 bouts in ONE, which is even more impressive when considering that she has competed in mixed martial arts, kickboxing and Muay Thai in her four-year tenure.
She has also held world titles in the kickboxing and Muay Thai and has come tantalisingly close to claiming one in MMA.
By claiming the belts in both the atomweight kickboxing and Muay Thai divisions, Stamp made history as the first-ever two-sport ONE women's world champion.
And she did so with back-to-back wins against "Killer Bee" Chuang Kai Ting in October 2018 and Janet "JT" Todd in February 2019.
Not content with two-sport dominance, the Thai dynamo decided to switch to MMA full time, and she scored victories in her first four fights after making that decision.
Despite losing her striking belts while focusing on her new sport, Stamp's skills were plain to see.
And as soon as she was included in the ONE women's atomweight World Grand Prix, her name was in the conversation about who could win the illustrious tournament outright.
Stamp justified that consideration by defeating Ukrainian Alyona Rassohyna in the quarter-finals in September 2021.
She then went on to pick apart Julie Mezabarba in the semi-finals a month later.
The Pattaya native faced who would be her greatest challenge in the Grand Prix championship final last December -- Ritu Phogat.
Phogat's superior wrestling skills were set to cause problems for the Fairtex athlete, but in a shocking switch up, Stamp finished the Indian wrestling champion via submission to claim the Grand Prix's top prize, the silver belt.
As an undeniable force in the all-encompassing sport, the newly crowned ONE women's atomweight World Grand Prix champion then had her chance to challenge atomweight queen Angela Lee for the divisional throne in March.
She fell to a second-round submission loss in their main event battle but showed her mettle against the longtime world champion.
Stamp is now ready to take centre stage once again, and if she can score a decisive win over Radzuan, fans can expect her to make another run at a third ONE world title.